Elderly residents delighted as they finally meet and talk directly to relatives
Following a year of limited contact with relatives due to Covid, elderly residents in 36 homes from today started seeing each other and no longer behind a perspex or on a tablet.
Elderly persons seem to be more joyful at St Vincent de Paule residence after following sacrifices and even solitude, they are now enjoying the company of their dear ones.
Despite the easing of restrictions, elderly homes are still observing some mitigation measures, including the wearing of masks and visors, and social distancing.
Catherine Farrugia, a 98-year old woman from Siggiewi, expressed her joy with TVM that she will see her family, while her daughter Doris Ellul stated that she felt great emotions following an absence of a year.
Leonard Farrugia also met face to face with his sister Kelina although he wished to hug her despite the restriction.
Despite the easing of restrictions at elderly homes, where 90% of residents were vaccinated against Covid, St Vincent de Paule residence and other elderly homes still observe strict protocols to protect the elderly.
The measures at the homes include temperature tests on entrance, transport for every visitor with a schedule appointment, mask and wearing for visitors and social distancing.